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A shooting range is always used as such. At first, this space leaves no room to imagination, and it is to the firearm instructor to overtake the first reflex that is to practice shooting accuracy.
But we need more. We need to know when not to shoot. As professionals encountering high-risk situations within public and private areas, shooting training is our distinctiveness. More than anything, our duty is to protect innocent people.
When police officers are trained at INDRA Academy, their shooting range is made with non-threatening targets (unarmed) mixed up with threatening ones (armed), without any warning. Asked about their choice to shoot a non-threatening target, every one of them tells us « because it's the one facing me ». Even as a target, they shot an innocent. That's their wake-up call.
Now we can work on everything else: firing positions fitting the shooter's course of action (i.e., walking, still, opening a door, etc.), the environment checking (is there an other threat ? An unknown accomplice ?), the offender's status (still armed after my warning ? Gun dropped ?).
All of these data are unforgiving on the field. The only limit is the offender's imagination and therefore, ours. That's why, as firearms instructors, our duty is to recreate the most realistic scenarii providing fictional but foreseeable arms engagements.
Because the hardest decision is not to shoot ; it's to know when not to shoot.
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